For a book written in the 1790's. It was done really well. I'm thinking she could have been the Stephen King of her time. Well besides all the blood and gore, lol. If anything I loved how she was descriptive on Udolpho. You could just imagine the creepiest of the castle.
This is definitely one of those books where I wanted to yell at the main character. For example, her love for Valancourt. I can't say anything else about him because I want you to read about him yourself but we'll just say it's one of those where you want to smack someone on the head and knock sense into them.
The book takes place in the 1500s ranging from places such as France and Italy. The character the book follows the most is Emily St. Aubert who goes to live with her Aunt after the death of her parents. Her Aunt marries Montoni and the three set off. They come to Udolpho a creepy dark castle where they are doomed to live. The real Montoni comes out as Emily and her Aunt live with him. Naturally he doesn't make life easy for the two of them.
There is a lot that goes on in the book. We have murder, imprisonment, and there is some love in there. I could go on but I definitely think you should read the book and discover the world of Udolpho.
Taken from Goodreads
Her present life appeared like the dream of a distempered imagination, or like one of those frightful fictions, in which the wild genius of the poets sometimes delighted. Rreflections brought only regret, and anticipation terror.' Such is the state of mind in which Emily St. Aubuert - the orphaned heroine of Ann Radcliffe's 1794 gothic Classic, The Mysteries of Udolpho - finds herself after Count Montoni, her evil guardian, imprisions her in his gloomy medieval fortress in the Appenines. Terror is the order of the day inside the walls of Udolpho, as Emily struggles against Montoni's rapacious schemes and the threat of her own psychological disintegration. A best-seller in its day and a potent influence on Walpole, Poe, and other writers of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Gothic horror, The Mysteries of Udolpho remains one of the most important works in the history of European fiction. As the same time, with its dream-like plot and hallucinatory rendering of its characters' psychological states, it often seems strangely modern: `permanently avant-garde' in Terry Castle's words, and a profound and fascinating challenge to contemporary readers.
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